For as long as I can remember I’ve loved to garden. Whether it was a tiny strip of dirt my grandma carved out for me on the side of her yard to plant annuals or helping my uncle tend to his beloved roses, I’ve always felt most at home in the garden. There’s just nothing like creating beautiful outdoor spaces full of flowers and life.
Throughout the years I’ve always kept gardening alive in my life. From a balcony container garden to a home built under a canopy of trees where I learned to garden in total shade to having over 1,200 roses in my current backyard, the anticipation for blooms to grace the garden was what I looked forward to every season. In 2015 I set out to make growing roses more than just a passion and found my calling. My grandma Grace was the inspiration for Grace Rose Farm. She was a woman who lived to bring beauty and love into others’ lives and she loved her roses. I planned to bring my roses to farmers markets so I could share them with others, but those plans changed quickly when floral designers began to contact me for roses for their weddings and events. What a crazy year 2016 was! With the help of my husband, thousands of stems were harvested and made their way to florists around the country – all from my half acre backyard! We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us and helped us realize our dream.
By October 2015 we were “all roses, all day”, but there was a problem. We couldn’t grow enough roses for everyone who wanted them, so we set out to find sun-drenched farmland to expand our rose garden into a rose farm. Finding just a few acres of land is not as easy as one would think given we live in a prime agricultural area, but after running into many dead ends we found our field of dreams.
We are blessed to now be growing thousands of our favorite roses at Tierra Rejada Ranch. The 120 acre ranch is home to avocado and citrus groves, vegetable crops and Walnut Grove, a beautiful outdoor wedding venue. Nestled in a valley between Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Simi Valley, the location is perfect for growing garden roses which need fertile soil, high quality water and warm, sunny days. Everyday we look forward to spending our days amongst the roses getting them ready for the season ahead and we’re excited to share our hand loved blooms with you!
Over the past year I’ve learned gardening is absolutely nothing like farming. Everything from pests that I really didn’t care about when I was just gardening to watching the weather closely and keeping a strict feeding schedule has become part of my everyday life, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love helping others with their gardens and passing on what I’ve learned and sharing the mistakes I’ve made along the way. The most important thing I’ve realized is that there is no right way to grow roses, so have fun with it and know it’s almost impossible to kill a rose bush…that is unless you have gophers! I hope my love for growing roses inspires others to plant a rose or two in the garden.